Sea Shepherd to Attack Tuna Fishing Boats


Eco-terrorist group Sea Shepherd has announced it intends to attack boats fishing for Northern Bluefin Tuna, a species for which most demand comes from Japan.

In an interview with the terrorist group’s leader, Sankei was told that the group’s next target is the Mediterranean tuna fishing industry, acting in protection of the Northern Bluefin Tuna (“Kuromaguro”), stocks of which are low.

Sankei notes that 80% of the global catch of this species finds its way to Japan, where it is highly prized, indicating the group is deliberately targeting Japan.

In other comments the group continues to assert its recently lost vessel was rammed by whalers in an act of piratical terrorism, and brags of having $7,000,000 with which to make good its losses and attack the Mediterranean tuna fishing industry.

2ch is increasingly unhappy about all this:

So they were just an anti-Japanese group after all.

Just a bunch of racists.

Why don’t they take a look at their own abattoirs…

What? Wouldn’t they be European vessels in the Mediterranean?

No, Japanese boats ply those waters too.

So, will they be attacking French boats too?

They only ever attack Japanese.

If they start messing with non-Japanese ships there’ll be warships coming to greet them…

Everyone eats tuna, hardly anyone eats whale. Now even the Japanese who supported them will be turned against them.

Nobody cares about whalemeat, but don’t get between the Japanese and their tuna!

Tuna boats aren’t going to be half-baked in their response like whalers. If they board one, they’ll be beaten off the boat.

Do these guys think the men on those boats will just stand by like the gentle folk on those whaling ships? They won’t get off lightly.

In Japan, working a tuna boat means becoming a dead man. Challenging men who’ve thrown away their lives like that…

Do something about these terrorists.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't wait until japan vacuums it all up and starves, win win. no whales nor shinks to worry about.

    realise that the world outside japan support these guys, not all but most. that means: that japan is the bad guys, hear hear, the shock

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With what rifles? Most rifle projectiles breaks within a feet when fired at water... unless they use some kinda harpoon gun or APS(russian frogman underwater rifle) , or maybe the fish is at the point where they are touching the water surface...
    Anyway, I doubt modern fishermen have guns... afterall, shooting fish with firearms and use of explosives is illegal unless its a harpoon gun and they got permits for it.

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    Comment by Artefact

    They were shooting them in the head when they were pulling them out of the water at the stern of their boat, the range was only a few metres and the fish were hooked and at the surface.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:38 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love it when people claim racism, this isn't about racism at all, Sea Shepherd are a bunch of retards, hating on the japanese for fishing is the new hot topic.

    The whaling isn't right, the japanese are full of crap saying it's research, yeah bullshit.

    Eco-terrorism is never the way to go, especially towards the japanese because you'll be labeled racists, then again i'll never take anything 2ch says seriously, because racists are the last thing the japanese are huh?

    I'm so sick of hearing xenophobia being thrown around, after a while it stops being xenophobia and is just pure racism.

    It's interesting because one of the most vocal groups in japan are the otaku, and they frequently call us racist when a lot of otaku here treat them like gods, the elder people are usually the most racist, and the rest of the world couldn't care less about the japanese.

    Yet japan seems to be filled with hate towards any other race, I'm sure not all of them do, and I wish those people were the more vocal people rather than the idiots at 2ch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You see their extremes, they see yours. That is the way internet works. You call them racists, they your your people the same. Content which raise issues attract a cesspool of filth and to automatically assume that they constitute characteristics of a group people is something only a moron would do.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    06:31 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love this!!!

    Have to send them some donations, help them out.

    Our oceans are being fished to collapse. We are going to lose a lot of species and it'll take far longer for even the hardy species to recover than it would if right now mankind slapped some reasonable limits and measures on international fishing.

    An "Anon" upthread said that the companies would do everything to preserve what their profit base is from, the whales, the fish. That is a bold faced LIE that even the big companies don't use anymore, they just rely on the toadies and RandDroids to rave it for them. A "Corporation" is an entity created to avoid responsibility. It exists for the "Fiscal Quarter" and it's only legal responsibility is to make money for it's investors while it's owners/executives only agenda is to make money for themselves. What they'll do, as they do with lumber, or stuff they mine, is exploit more and more and more, then as they deplete the resource the price goes up, causing more aggressive taking of said resource. When the resource runs out, they run like bunnies at a fursuit lifestyler convention leaving the people who made careers out of helping them in the dust. They've made their money, and can move elsewhere to exploit another resource or retire in gross luxury even in a destroyed economy, they don't have to care the damage they did to nature or the suffering they caused their fellow man.

    Like the Piracy in Somalia?
    That's the fruit of "Drift Net Economics". Taking advantage of the country's political chaos, big companies moved drift net trawlers in and destroyed their fishing base. They then dumped toxic waste off their coast. Remember the "Ship of Death" from the late 80s/early 90s environmental awareness surge? The locals couldn't catch enough to feed themselves, much less sell. The drift nets destroyed the ecosystem. Now, btw, it is possible to fish there again, but the pirates keep away the trawlers who are ready to sweep in.

    The oceans are NOT invulnerable. And the cost of taking necessary measures to preserve them now is nothing compared to the cost of re-building some of what was lost later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as I want to jump in to bash efforts to stop fishing like this, this man has a point.

    Sea Shepherd is certainly pure fail, but if the tuna really were fished into extinction, how could we eat tuna? So... it should be regulated, but Sea Shepherd should definitely be destroyed.

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    08:33 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's unlikely Tuna itself would be fished to 'extinction' but many, many other fish would be. And the lack of the fish, along with the ecosystem disruption, would make it so that there was very few Tuna left for a very very long time, along with anything other than Algae and Jellyfish. They don't reproduce that fast, they are predators, so a tiny population will take a very long time to restore itself to the massive growing population the oceans used to have. There are a few conservationists, even in Japan, holding some in tanks to study them, so if they did collapse in the wild they could be re-seeded, but the companies would run like mad, not help in any way. And there'd be lots of desperate, starving fishermen who only had the ships they stole to become pirates with and an international market that makes rare fish a prize catch...

    Algae and Jellyfish could gain a strong foothold in the oceans, esp the latter with the worse depletion of shark.

    What should be done is a quick push-back of fish allowed to be harvested, with strict enforcement. Then, after a reasonable 'breathing room' moratorium, strict but reasonable limits on harvesting. Anyone doesn't like what they can catch, what's available on the open market, they can get space off an island -or in my case build a seastead- and have an 'aquaculture net' where they raise their own fish, eat some, and sell the rest.

    I'm all for eating fish. I just want to make sure I and mankind always have fish to eat. Hot Chinese lady I knew showed me all kinds of fancy recipies. It's simply math that it's a lot easier to solve the problem (possible destruction of majority of aqua ecosystem) by preventing it than by trying to repair some of the damage later.

    Do any of you know why there's a cost for a "Fishing License" and a daily limit of fish caught in USA rivers and lakes? Because the government has to re-grow and artificially replenish the stock of fish. The cost is more or less 'at cost' of the fish to artificially replenish what mankind had depleted to near extinction.

    I really hope we can turn things around.

    But, really, we could have a situation where somebody wants "Shark Fin Soup" but finds it's easier to go on an "Underage Sex Tour", far less expensive and risky due to shark being 'nearly extinct in the wild', he's looking at tens of thousands of dollars. So he then buys a few tiny, sickly sharks from a trafficker for a couple thousand, and he sets up some huge tanks to raise the thing for years on meat scraps so he can have it just once. Then when he's just about to have a feast, the UN and Fish and Wildlife department break in. One of his "friends" 'ratted' him since there was a $10K bounty, but they don't really care about arresting him, just taking the sharks back because they are now "Extinct in the wild" and they need them to help get rid of the Jellyfish choking the oceans and preventing the 'seed' fisheries from recovering. So the sharks go in a tank, and the Marshall is being a generous guy (jails are full anyways) and gives him some papers to file for some tax relief as an 'environmental hero' for his costs raising Jaws Jr...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    consider me bought. Now all I need is a hot chinese lady.. can I borrow yours?

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    Comment by Artefact

    Get out of here you dirty red.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stopping whaling is one thing, whales are evolved and we don't eat them much anyway, but tuna? Come on! We're not the only whalers, instead of bugging us about @%#$ing tuna go stop the other whaling countries!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Honestly as long as whay they do is againt fishing groups that catch anything endangered in large numbers
    The people can complain as much as they want for all i care

    Stability>>> more important than what you get to eat tomorrow evening when you got so many other options

    Still singling out is bad, but hardly surprising if they don't get any insurance money for there 2 earlier ships.

    Honestly are the news just misinformed or were the Japanese whaling ships seriously in the antarctic regions?
    It has nothing to do down there so far away

    Humanity and it's egoism and stupidity is as endless as ever

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Nobody cares about whalemeat, but don’t get between the Japanese and their tuna!"


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    Comment by qunli
    07:36 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they were just an anti-Japanese group after all.
    Just a bunch of racists.
    Why don’t they take a look at their own abattoirs…
    Do something about these terrorists.

    Not too many Japanese can seem to remember The rape of Nanjing or the taking of Manchuria let me tell you that this stain will remain on the Japanese nation for a very long time,there are still places in my homeland where Japanese people are not welcome,I do not think time can ever eraze cruel acts,such as happened to my people,just ordinary citizens NOT soldiers and no amount of ommission from school or history books will ever make things any better,Chinese and Japanese are vitually the same ethnic group and yet you have no pity no remorse,no shame,So do not talk of whales and Tuna,When your own shame is not yet forgiven,Also do not mention the (A) bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki You were given the option to surrender,Think again of Pearl harbour,So Japan before your polite bowing and grovelling think of your past acts,and appologise to your children grand children and the victims of your cruelty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What does world war II have to do with Tuna dumbass, are you a fenqing or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Fine i get why they try to stop whales - they're big and have no predators so let them roam the seas forever without fear. FINE whatever.

    But if they cut off my supply of StarKist Brand Tuna Snackfoods i'm gonna fucking shoot Bob Barker - The Price is right old Fart who gave sea Shepard 5 million for that Un-stealth boat of his.

    Also if i see this SEA-Fag guy stopping only we Slit Eyed ching chonganese fisherman but leave French-fags, German-Nazi boats, and Fat Oily Greek Boats alone then i'll be more pissed than i am now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are over a dozen species of tuna just from the top of my head.
    The canned tuna you love so much is in no danger of overfishing but Bluefin is the rarest and current fishing levels unsustainable.
    Sea Shepherd is still a retard for trying violent tactics when the multi-national Bluefin fleet far outnumbers them and only a small fraction could possibly feel their annoyance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the fuck gave Japan permission to fish in the Mediterranean in the first place?

    I doubt that Italy goes to fish around Japan...

    I don't think it's fair for one nation to take so much fish from international waters...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agreed japanese should stay on the japanese waters. I hope the EU shots some japanese boats with the pretext of saving fishies :P

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    07:52 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who says japan goes there to fish? did you even read the article?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's this thing called global trade. Some guy in the Mediterranean catches the tuna and the tuna gets sold to the Japanese.

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    Comment by Shirakawa
    06:49 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tried Kuromaguro in the States. It's far more expensive if you don't live near the coasts (Atlantic/Pacific fish), and even then so it costs around $30 for just a couple sashimi slices (I got a 50% discount ^^). A whole fish can go for $50,000 - $150,000. Australians love the stuff too, and it looks like the prices will go up worldwide as European countries look to ban fishing it starting this year for a couple of years so the stocks can recover.
    Still, the actions of these eco-terrorists are wrong. That's why they've been banned from the IWC meetings. I wonder how long Australia will give them support especially since the country seems to be the most environmentally sensitive bunch of hypocrites.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Independent of what you think about the acts of these eco-terrorists, the point where it all goes bad is when due to the acts of these people, people start not caring about nature anymore.

    Please, people (especially japanese ones). Just because there are stupid people who protect nature, doesn't mean their cause isn't right! (the means might not be, of course).

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sea sheperd are eco-terrorists, and deserve no support.

    However, one cannot deny that bluefin tuna is a vulnerable and extremely overfished fish.

    It grows and matures rather slowly.
    At my coast, they have completely disappeared by overfishing.
    catching them when they band together in their spawing grounds didn't help much either.

    But to those who deny it, it is not just three-huggers, or whale-huggers saying it. All the scientists say it. I even remember reading it in a japanese (eng. version) pro-whaling article once.

    In this case, the numbers and absence at certain coasts speaks for itself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I hear "Save the Whales" I think, "Yeah, we need to save them. When I hear "Save the Tuna" I think "Yeah, I might want a sandwich later".

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad, you can't make a sandwich because guess what, the Japanese made tuna extinct!
    Well, the tuna you use for sandwiches is not endangered (the endangered one is the pricier bluefin tuna), but you get the point.
    Bluefin tuna has a rating of CR (critically endangered) by the IUCN, which means "extremely high risk of extinction in the wild", which is only 1 step away from extinct.
    Yeah, making delicious fish disappear forever from Earth is not a big deal!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Error 404: Sense of Humor Not Found

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    Comment by takuya13
    22:01 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they couldnt take on the bigger boats so they're aiming for smaller ones =p

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    Comment by zeeohsix
    20:20 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sea shepard trying to save the whales, everyone here goes completely apeshit.

    sea shepard and this freakin ridiculous notion of saving tuna, everyone here contemplates if tuna should be protected to a certain degree.

    japan govt spends $5 million a year trying to encouraging people to eat whale. why? because the demand for what is that low.
    that's just fucking stupid waste of money.

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    Comment by Ben
    23:18 13/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck off fatty.

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    Comment by ntbxp
    07:42 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Propaganda buster (aka. Texas Oyaji) about it.

    I smell monetary reasons for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:46 12/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think several AA-12s with HE rounds are in order

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't eat seafood and I think environmentalists are extremist lunatics. However, I do not like to see ANY species hunted to extinction! We do have a responsibility to take care not to abuse our resources. (that does NOT mean to not use them at all, however)

    At the same time I wouldn't blame Japan for arming their fishing fleets with freakin' cannons and blowing those retards out of the water at this point. Attacking fishing boats will not solve the problem. I say f*%^ Sea Shepherd. Sink'em all and then enjoy a tuna fish sandwich as you watch them sink. Self righteous p#!$%&.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There seems to be a small misunderstanding about the tuna in question here.
    Canned tuna consumed in many countries around the world are made from Yellowfin or Albacore tuna. Those populations are quite stable and sustainable at present.
    Bluefin tuna is the slowest growing and breeding of all tuna species and they are indeed a threatened species.
    Sea Shepherd may be assholes, but even the broken clock is right twice a day.
    Japan and most asian countries often show no regard for conservation and sustainability when it gets between them and their delicacies, ie sharkfin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The US should just figure out a way to farm these tuna and sell them to Japan at a nice price. That should help with the trade gap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan has figured it out for the Pacific Bluefin since 2007. The fish in question here are Atlantic Bluefin which have some difficulty being reared in captivity and is also the most threatened by overfishing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shepard just wants tuna for his fish tank.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats the big deal with fishing? their animals. you know, FOOD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If whale is plenty I maybe even I made it Sushi by myself. But Tuna.. what a sentimentalist out there..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In those comments most of the japanese think Sea Shepherd is only annoying them. Thats wrong though, they also annoy Iceland with that damn boat. We are hunting whales after all (and sell some of them to japan actually)

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wonder why we stopped with hiroshima.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you destroy japan? you destroy 2D girls (with quality)!!!

    die tuna and 3D girls, 2D girls are far more important.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder why your parents didn't use contraception.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you didn't. you continued on to nagasaki 3 days later

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Learn2History fag.

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    Comment by ScarredBushido
    01:57 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    okay i cna understand the whole whaling thing but tuna that just proves there after the japanese...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess I just don't fully understand international law (laws in international waters) and fishing edict. For me, if I were being terrorized by these guys; as in, they were attacking my boat with rope or water cannon/ other physical contact, I would sound a warning (audio), then a warning shot in the air (gun), then a warning shot near their boat. If they still persist after the third warning I would open fire on their boat. If they complain it would have to be to my government and the UN, which in both instances I would assert their provocation erupted first when they began terrorizing and my three warnings. I don't see how they can legally be able to do this with no recourse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd be guilty in using an unwarranted amount of force. They were being annoying. You used deadly force. The general public will not side with you because you instantly become the bad guy by attacking an unarmed force. The reason they get away with their actions is because they aren't actively trying to blow up or kill people.

    Think of it this way. "He splashed me with water, so I shot him!" Now you're guilty of murder or attempted murder. Congratulations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:43 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about when they try to break the propellers of the whaling ships in the frigid waters, far, far, from port? Pretty sure stranding ships in the middle of the ocean would count as aggressive enough to respond by disabling their boat as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:59 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    " A giant whale from nowhere suddenly came out and shallow the SS ships, leaving all missing...i feel sad for, i din't shoot them."

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's still not enough to warrant deadly force. Rescue ships and helicopters can be deployed. Resurrections cannot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 10/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 07:52

    The "stranding" aspect is one reason why horse thievery was a hanging offense in the old West (U.S. history).

    Read the investigation reports of any modern maritime- air- or railroad-disaster, and you will see a pattern: it's not any single thing that led to the disaster, it's a series of little things, combined.

    Cellphones, GPS, rescue ships, and helicopters do not guarantee safety or rescue.

    "I borrowed the cigarette lighter out of the survival kit so I could prepare my recreational drugs. I was going to put it back, but I accidently dropped it somewhere. I wouldn't have done it if I knew we were going to be stranded."

    "We rammed the stern of your ship to break your props and accidently broke off a rivet which shot across the compartment and severed the signal lines to the bilge-water level detector and then water leaked in slowly, but you didn't know it and your ship sunk killing three crewmembers... but it was an accident, I swear!"

    Shoot. Those. Fuckers.

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